John Duval Eligo Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012  £61.95

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One of the world’s great winemakers, John Duval was given the ‘Grange’ torch by Max Schubert, the man who created Australia’s most famous wine. John passed it on to his successor when he left Penfolds in 2003 to start his own label. He sources fruit from long-time friends in the Barossa, all of whom own vineyards with vines aged from 50 to 100 years old. The wines are made with minimal intervention and showcase the best of the Barossa.

A warmer Spring and cooler Summer characterised the 2012 vintage conditions. Vine health was very good coming out of spring and this, combined with a mild summer and just three rain events over three months during vintage, has resulted in some excellent wines being produced. Yields were slightly below average. Fermentation with submerged cap took place in small, stainless steel fermenters. Some batches had up to two weeks on the skins. The wine was then 100% barrel matured for 20 months in 80% new fine grain French oak and the balance in two and three year old French oak hogsheads (300 litre). Some batches finished fermentation in new barrels. The wine was kept for a year in bottle before release.

Deep purple/red with blackberry and blueberry aromas, earthy tones and spicy notes. An elegant expression of dark fruit with layers of berry, spice and smoked meat flavours.

96 Point James Halliday

It's deceptive how firm and well scaffolded this wine is. It's a flood of rich, ripe, dark-hearted fruit, all blackberry and anise, peppercorn and coffee, and it feels so fluid that at first you barely notice the tannin at all. It's only on closer investigation (all in the line of duty) that you start to notice the strings. It can be consumed now or much later; it will take either option in its stride.


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